Annie Lord: Leads Miami Homes For All to increase our housing stock
Housing in Miami-Dade County is expensive, burdening Miamians across the county.
Among entities trying to make Miami more affordable is Miami Housing for All, founded in 1985, which strives for everyone in the county to have safe, stable housing and prevent homelessness.
Annie Lord, the executive director, earlier led the South Florida Community Development Coalition and worked for Citibank’s grant-making division.
“The thing that has been consistent in my career has been working on behalf of lower-income communities that are marginalized to try to help them build wealth,” she says.
The organization works at the policy level, working with academic institutions on research to understand the needs of the community, while also building coalitions to help implement those solutions.
Recently, the organization released the Affordable Housing Masterplan Framework, developed along with UF Shimberg Center for Housing Studies. The plan sets an ambitious goal of creating or preserving 210,000 affordable units in the next 10 years.
Mrs. Lord stressed that the pandemic has highlighted the severity of the affordable housing crisis in Miami, saying, “we’re living in this purgatory of not knowing what’s going to happen exactly.”
Mrs. Lord spoke with Miami Today reporter Gabriel Poblete on a Zoom call.
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